New York Jets at a glance
2018 record: 4-12, fourth in the AFC East
Key additions: RB Le’Veon Bell, LB CJ Mosley, WR Jamison Crowder
Key losses: K Jason Myers, OL James Carpenter, WR Andre Roberts
The New York Jets, in what feels like the first time in some time, are truly committed to winning. Todd Bowles always seemed to get the most out of his roster, but with a new coach and a lot of new talent, this team should look a lot different.
The Jets finished 2018 with a disastrous 4-12 record and a 5-10-1 record against the spread. It will be a huge disappointment if things don’t trend upward in 2019. The star of the new roster additions is running back Le’Veon Bell, who has had an entire year to rest his body, train without contact and comes into 2019 with plenty to prove.
New @nyjets RB Le’Veon Bell is a walking highlight reel. 👏
— NFL (@NFL) August 10, 2019
Bell isn’t the only notable addition though, as the Jets have also added linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and guard Kelechi Osemele. Each of these players represents a major improvement at a position of need and will contribute to a more competitive team in 2019.
With all of these additions to the team, what do the Jets’ odds look like for the 2019 season?
The Jets feel like a more competitive team in 2019, but it’s hard to endorse them as a Super Bowl pick. Quarterback Sam Darnold no doubt has plenty of arm power, but he isn’t extremely accurate and is definitely not a great decision maker at all times. The rest of the roster isn’t good enough to carry Darnold all the way to the title.
Darnold starts 4-for-5 with 68 yards and this TD to Jamison Crowder! #NYJvsNYG
— NFL (@NFL) August 8, 2019
This obviously feels a little more feasible than winning the whole thing, but my lack of faith in Darnold and the relative strength of the rest of the AFC makes this unappealing, as well.
The Jets don’t feel like Super Bowl contenders yet, but if the Patriots (-600) have a slip-up, the Jets feel like the most logical inheritors of the AFC East crown. The Dolphins (+4000) are being almost universally picked to be one of the worst teams in the league, so we’ll toss them out, and the Bills (+900) don’t feel as ready to compete with the Patriots. If you believe in major improvement from the Jets this year, this feels like the bet to make.
This one feels like it has potential as well. The back half of the schedule definitely sets up well for a playoff run.
It’s no secret the Jets will be better, but will they get twice as many wins? Judging by the schedule and key additions, I’ll say yes. This is an eight-win team, and if they can start the season with two home wins against Buffalo and Cleveland, I’ll really like it. The Jets get to play the Bengals, Raiders, Giants and Jaguars this season, in addition to two games against the Dolphins. If Darnold can improve his decision-making, this should cash easily.